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Barricaded gunman comes out of building, ending APD standoff


The armed man accused of standing off with Amarillo police all day Saturday has come out of the building and been arrested.

The man, later identified as 32-year-old Juan Ramon Ortega, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. When police tried to apprehend him on Saturday, he ran back inside a building in the 1000 block of SE 10th street.

Police believe he was armed with a shotgun and tried to persuade Ortega to come out of the building peacefully. Attempts at communication and gassing him out of the building were unsuccessful.

Finally, around 10:15 Saturday night, Ortega came out of the building, was arrested and booked into the Potter County jail for Parole Violation.


"At approximately 10:00am, APD officers and Detectives received information that a wanted person was currently at a business in the 1000 block of SE 10th. Information received was that Juan Ramon Ortega H/M 32 had an outstanding Parole Violation warrant. Further investigation lead officers to believe that Ortega was in possession on of a firearm. APD Detectives began spotting up on the business and gathering additional information. Officers observed Ortega several times at the business going back and forth between a vehicle and the business. Because the concern of the suspect armed with a firearm, additional officers and a couple of SWAT officers were called to assist. Once additional officers were in place, officers once again observed Ortega coming out of the building. As officers approached to apprehend him, Ortega ran back inside the business and barricaded the door. For the officer's safety, they secured the perimeter and called for additional officers. Traffic was blocked on SE 10th from Grant to Arthur and traffic was diverted to SE 3rd or to SE 27th. At approximately 3:00pm the rest of the APD SWAT team, APD Negotiators, APD Bomb Robot along with Administrative staff arrived to assist in the incident. At approximately 10:15pm, the suspect came out and was taken into custody. Ortega was transported to Potter Co where he was booked into jail on the Parole Violation warrant. After securing the building, SE 10th street should open completely in the next 30 minutes."

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